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Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Critic Consensus: Diamonds are Forever is a largely derivative affair, but it's still pretty entertaining nonetheless, thanks to great stunts, witty dialogue, and the presence of Sean Connery.
|Rating:||PG (adult situations/language, violence)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Guy Hamilton|
|Written By:||Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz|
|In Theaters:||Dec 17, 1971 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 17, 2000|
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as James Bond
as Tiffany Case
as Ernst Blofeld
as Plenty O'Toole
as Willard Whyte
as Mr. Kidd
as Mr. Wint
as Dr. Metz
as SPECTRE Agent
as Miss Moneypenny
as Shady Tree
as Sir Donald Monger
as Mrs. Whistler
as Peter Franks
as Klaus Hergersheimer
as Aide To Metz
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as Blofeld's Double
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as Vandenburg Aide
as Helicopter Pilot
as Welfare Worker
as Sideshow Barker
as SPECTRE Agent
as Crane Operator
as Aide to Metz
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Critic Reviews for Diamonds Are Forever
Bond looks better than ever, partly because Sean Connery has returned to play him.
Diamonds Are Forever doesn't carry the same quality or flair as its many predecessors.
Assorted ladies, a few quick lines, and one good chase, making for a mediocre entry in the series.
The movie's momentum is such that one never has much time to react to its lack of reason, only to its sensations of speed and narrow escape, and to the splendor of its crazy gadgets and décor.
Audience Reviews for Diamonds Are Forever
After George Lazenby decided not to appear in another James Bond movie after OHMSS, Eon Productions offered Sean Connery a boat-load of money to come back to the role...and Connery was only too happy to phone it in.
Yeah, I'm not going to be too subtle about this, I am really not a big fan of this particular entry in the series. It ranks up there with "Die Another Day" as one of the absolute low-points of the series. The plot is pretty boring and un-invovling, Jill St. John is absolutely irritating as Tiffany Case, Charles Gray feels completely miscast as Blofeld, and the Las Vegas setting is pretty drab despite it's overload of glitter. The whole thing feels more like a big budget Saturday-morning cartoon and most of the action sequences are a complete joke. The only action sequence that is sincerely great is the elevator fight.
But worst of all is Connery's completely indifferent and charmless final performance in the official 007 movie cannon. What a way to go!!
Regardless, some shining spots can be found on this crappy diamond. Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint are a great villainous pair and the actors knock it out of the park, preventing this film from completely falling flat in the villain department. There are also some sincerely funny moments of witty dialogue (Right idea Mr. Bond, but wrong pussy).
After this, Connery officially steps down as James Bond for good...at least until the unofficial Bond entry "Never Say Never Again."
Coming up, Roger Moore!!
Back in action, "Diamonds Are Forever" showcases Sean Connery in his last Bond role, and although it is among his weakest entries, if not the weakest, it is definitely an entertaining ride. With clever dialogue and a fast-paced story, this film works in every way. The visuals are improving, the story is good, and the classiness is still in tact. What I admired about this movie is the fact that even though the villains became full of themselves and the "precious artifacts" were stolen far too many times, the seriousness is building up for the franchise. "Diamonds are Forever" is a fun return to form for the franchise. "Diamonds are Forever" is an average bond film, but I enjoyed it.
A lesser Bond effort, Connery absolutely positive that only showing up is enough, and worst, he's absolutely right. Meh.
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